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Title: Growing natural connections : the effects of types and modalities of nature on youth's connectedness to nature
Authors: Low, Audria Huixuan
Chung, Carynn Yan Min
Cheong, Irene Jia Yi
Loke, Charmaine Xin Yu
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Low, A. H., Chung, C. Y. M., Cheong, I. J. Y. & Loke, C. X. Y. (2022). Growing natural connections : the effects of types and modalities of nature on youth's connectedness to nature. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Project: CS/21/033
Abstract: It is crucial to cultivate pro-environmental behaviour in youth as they have a significant stake in the future of the environment. A strong predictor of pro-environmental behaviour in individuals is connectedness to nature, which is an emotional feeling of a bond with nature. However, current research lacks a consensus on how to effectively cultivate youth’s connectedness to nature. To address this gap, this study investigates how modality of nature experiences and type of nature influence connectedness to nature in youth. The study used a pretest-posttest 2 (modality of nature experience) 2 (type of nature) factorial experiment (n = 164). Hypotheses testing used mediation and mediation-moderation analyses. Results showed that experiences in actual nature were significantly more effective than mediated nature in fostering connectedness to nature, possibly due to the direct and rich sensorial engagement only available in actual nature. These results reaffirm the necessity of actual nature experiences in cultivating connectedness to nature and thus the propensity to engage in pro-environmental behaviour, which has implications for environmental education.
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